Today we have a guest post by author Elizabeth Isaacs on her book The Light of Asteria. She is also giving away an eBook copy of her book to one lucky commenter.
If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed.
Nora tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength.
Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity has allowed all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive?
A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights.
And now over to Elizabeth...
Thank you so much for allowing me to guest blog today! I appreciate the opportunity to talk about how the land of Kailmeyra came to be.
The Light of Asteria was originally written for my daughter. It was meant as a gift, and so I wrote it from an extremely personal place. The intent of the work came from a deep-seated need to teach lessons that she had not yet learned ... lessons of understanding, love, and, most importantly, forgiveness. Kate’s an avid reader, and so I knew I had to build a world where she would be able to explore without cynicism, a place where the words would naturally seep into her heart, a place for her to belong. Thus, Kailmeyra was born.
One of the most difficult aspects of creating a new world is finding a way to infuse fantasy into reality. Readers must have familiar images woven in the story so they can anchor the imaginary to the real. It makes the world believable and allows the setting to add to the story, not smother it. When a balance is maintained, the reader becomes enamored, dreaming of exploring beyond the page.
My first idea was to contrast the physical constructs. The descriptions had to be distinct, but subtle. I wanted the reader to naturally pick up the difference between the two lands without having to sift through tedious descriptive passages.
The second idea was to contrast the visual. Color is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, ways of changing someone's perception. Dim the lights, and the room goes from indifferent to romantic. Add inconsistent lighting, creating shadows, and the atmosphere becomes menacing. While the colors of Kailmeyra are brighter and purer, the biggest distinction between the two worlds is the night.
Symbolically evil flourishes in darkness. As Kailmeyra is a place without evil, I wanted the nights to be represented in a different way. It only seemed natural that the moon should cast a different hue over the land. But which color to choose?
Purple is symbolic for royalty. In most societies throughout the ages was used only on the finest cloth. The fact that the moon is often described as an "Amethyst light" is no accident. Amethyst was believed in mid evil times to control evil thoughts, quicken intelligence, and keep demons away.
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing this. I've tried writing a book where I created the world and then got really nervous that I wouldn't be able to put into words how I picture it in my head so I gave up lol. Great post though!
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1 eBook copy of The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs.
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- Contest ends January 31st.
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